28 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 08.14
Big plans to upgrade
Thorncreek Golf Course in Colorado has gone
to great measures, including crossing state lines, to
determine how to improve their situation, according
to a story in the Denver Post that features GCSAA
Class A superintendent Doug Fisher, a 23-year as
sociation member. www.denverpost.com/adamsco/
West Coast fre traced to
A fre in California that burned 600 acres and
destroyed homes and apartments began on a golf
course, as reported by NBCSanDiego.com. www.
New Jersey course celebrates
As Oak Hill Golf Club in New Jersey celebrates
50 years, they recall the rock-picking parties way
back when that helped get it all started, as reported
in the Newark Star-Ledger. Oak Hill's superintendent
is Joel Jacquemot, CGCS, a 33-year GCSAA mem
Floods ravage Minnesota facilities
An extremely rainy spring and summer in Min-
nesota has taken its toll, and golf courses have paid
the price, according to CBS Minnesota. They report
on two courses that were hard hit — Hiawatha Golf
Course and Meadowbrook Golf Course, both managed
by the Minneapolis Park Board. http://minnesota.
TPC Harding Park hits major
Without a doubt, TPC Harding Park has come a very
long way since it was used as a parking lot for the 1998
U.S. Open at The Olympic Club.
You can see the two golf courses, TPC Harding Park
and The Olympic Club, from one another in San Francisco
— they are that close. Fourteen years ago, though, they
seemed worlds apart. The Olympic Club had the golfng
world's attention; it did so again in 2012 by hosting its
latest U.S. Open.
TPC Harding Park, a city- and county-owned muni-
cipal course named after the 29th president of the U.S.,
Warren G. Harding, has had its share of moments, such
as when it became a PGA Tour stop from 1961 to 1968
(called Lucky International).
Now, TPC Harding Park is on the verge of arguably the
most signifcant stretch of golf in its history.
In June, it was announced that TPC Harding Park will
be the site of three major events starting in 2015. Next
year, the World Golf Championships' Match Play Cham
pionship is going to be held there. That isn't it, however.
Not even close. In 2020, the PGA Championship is coming
to TPC Harding Park, which marks the frst time a major
championship will be played at a TPC property and the frst
time a PGA Championship will be staged in San Francisco.
Oh, and in 2025, The Presidents Cup is scheduled
there. TPC Harding Park had that event on its property
TPC Harding Park superintendent Kevin Teahan wel
comes the opportunities that are coming down the road.
"We love to be challenged, put our abilities to the test,"
says Teahan, a four-year GCSAA member. "It's very fat
tering. To go from a parking lot in 1998 to this says some-
thing in itself."
TPC Harding Park reopened in March following a ren
ovation that included new 007/Tyee mix bentgrass greens.
Also, bunker renovations featured the removal of the old
sand and replacing it with Pebble Beach white sand.
— Howard Richman, GCM associate editor
Maynard, Crall named
Bill. H. Maynard, CGCS, and Darrell Crall, chief operat-
ing offcer of the PGA of America, have been appointed to
the board of trustees for the Environmental Institute for Golf.
Maynard, a member of the GCSAA Board of Direc
tors, is director of golf course management at the Country
Club of St. Albans in St. Louis. He and Crall join the sev
en-member board headed by GCSAA President Keith A.
Kevin W. Frank @MSUTurf
Skunk party will likely resume tonight
as grub buffet is open for business.
Mike LoPresti @CGCturf
2x brush mow in preparation for M/G
Chris Cook @brgcsuper
Bunker team has done it again! Great
More storms moving in. Humidity is
stifing right now. pic.twitter.com/
Ryan Howard @TWRyanHoward
Course looks great! Phosphates getting
a workout down here this last week
Bruce Constable@supr_bruce A
nice addition to the @woodsidegc
neil radatz @hawksnr
Little old school sod knife edging today.
Frank Wong @turfpathology Come for
the education @ UConn Turfgrass Field
Day; stay for the Dairy Bar Ice Cream
@ UCONNturfpath @GCSAA_NE